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Chapter 3. Rapid Rows, Cruising Columns:... > Undeferred, but Not Deterred

Undeferred, but Not Deterred

Long-time users of Dreamweaver who have never touched their Preferences might be a tad surprised the first time they work with a table in Dreamweaver MX 2004. Now, tables update automatically as you enter some text or other content—meaning the table cells adjust to reflect the amount of content added. In previous versions, an option in Preferences called Faster Table Editing (Deferred Updates) was checked by default. (Who’s default it was, I’ll never detail.) This option was originally put in the program because Dreamweaver’s table-rendering speed was somewhat like that of a banana slug. Now, both Dreamweaver’s routines and today’s processors have quickened the pace quite a bit, making the option obsolete. Nonetheless, those folks who are not used to having their cells shoot around all over the place while they type might be in for a bit of a shock. The biggest adjustment I think is that sometimes the cells get too small before you can enter something in them to stretch ’em out again. This is particularly noticeable if you click from cell to cell. One solution? Tab from one cell to the next: It will always get you into the cell you want to be in, and you can immediately type in any text you need or insert a graphic. Want another way to go? Switch into Expanded Tables Mode (F6) and your cells just got bigger and more accessible.


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